Before arriving at UC, Santa Barbara I attended California State University, Long Beach where I pursued a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. While there, I was lucky enough to be given funding do research as an undergraduate that work focused on looking at storm drain water quality within the Los Angeles River watershed with my mentor, Dr. Erika Holland. After graduating and being rejected from the graduate programs I had applied to, I met a former UCSB Geography graduate student, Dr. Forest Cannon, who was working the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at UC, San Diego on a precipitation project looking at short duration, high intensity, rain events in southern California. Today, as a graduate student at UCSB, I work under Dr. Leila M. V. Carvalho from the Climate Variations and Changes (CLIVAC) research group. I have a passion for studying the daily weather, learning about atmospheric science topics, programming, and surfing and surf forecasting.